Amsoil Arena scored a 4.9 out of 5 on Stadium Journey. (2010 file, Bob King / News Tribune)
Amsoil Arena is about 2½ years old, but in case you still haven’t attended a Minnesota Duluth hockey game, there’s a review at Stadium Journey to check out.
Reviewer Matt Ward refers to it as a “near-perfect college hockey experience.” The venue was great on a five-star scale for categories that include food and beverages, atmosphere, neighborhood, fans, access, return on investment and extras. All items received five stars, except the fan aspect, which was given four — for an overall score of 4.9 out of 5.
The Enger Golf Course driving range opened Monday.
Tokens for range balls can be purchased at the clubhouse from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Enger Park Golf Course is at 1801 W. Skyline Parkway. For more information, call (218) 723-3451.
The Heritage Sports Center Turf Facility, 120 S. 30th Ave. W., is offering up chances for school-aged kids to get out and get moving.
Members of the Twin Ports DINGWOP team will be offering tutorials on how to play Ultimate Frisbee. The first session is 7-8 p.m. today and sessions also are planned for May 1, 8, 15 and 22. The event is free and open to ages 7-18.
Parks and Recreation and Men as Peacemakers are offering “turf time” from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursdays starting April 25 and running through May 30. The sessions include University of Minnesota Duluth student athletes leading games like kickball, flag football, disc golf, soccer, parachutes, relays and obstacle courses. This is open to kids ages 7-17.
Parents must register participants on site. Healthy snacks will be provided after each session. It is free and open to the public.
How good is the urban snowboarding in Duluth?
Good enough to help a crew of local snowboarders advance to the finals of the Arnette Crew Clash, a snowboard video editing competition at yobeat.com.
Footage includes Dan Spooner, Danny Kiolbasa, Brian Wilson and Hunter Gulan riding rails snowboarding in spots in the Central Hillside (including Cascade Park), and at Enger Tower and the University of Minnesota Duluth.
The two-plus-minute video helped the Hill City Squad advance to the finals. Last week they were flown out to Mt. Bachelor in Oregon for more snowboarding and more video making. They’re up against a crew from Colorado for the big prize: $1,000.
Go to yobeat.com to vote in the Arnette Crew Clash 3 final. Voting is open through Monday.
If your young ones grow restless over spring break and need to burn off some steam, Duluth’s Heritage Sports Center might be the answer.
Check out the indoor turf at the sports center, which will host kickball and dodgeball competitions from 1-3 p.m. Monday through Friday, April 8-12.
Or lace up your skates and test out the open ice at the Heritage arena from 2-4 p.m. each of the same five days.
All of these activities next week at the Heritage Center, 120 S. 30th Ave. W., will be free and open to the public.
On Sunday, News Tribune outdoors writer Sam Cook told you about Duluthians Charlie Farrow and Jason Buffington, who finished the Iditarod Trail Invitational, a 350-mile fat-tire bike race in Alaska.
What we failed to mention was that a former Duluthian, Tim Berntson, finished second in the race.
Berntson lives in Anchorage now. His parents, Russell and Bev Berntson, reside at Island Lake.
Minnesota Duluth defenseman Brigette Lacquette forces Wisconsin forward Brianna Decker into the boards during a game at Amsoil Arena in Duluth in this Oct. 14, 2012, file photo. (2012 file, Steve Kuchera / News Tribune)
Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey player Brigette Lacquette will be on TV, but it won’t be for a game.
The sophomore defenseman from Mallard, Manitoba, will be featured on “Native Report” at 8:30 p.m. March 21 on PBS. The progam will be rebroadcast at 4 p.m. March 23.
Lacquette is majoring in physical education and American Indian Studies and is the first Anishinaabe player in UMD hockey history, according to UMD. She also plays for Canada’s Under-22 national team.
Lakeview Christian Academy is hosting a fundraiser for the school 7-9 p.m. Sunday at Bridgeman’s restaurant, 2202 Mountain Shadow Dr., on Miller Hill in Duluth.
You’ve seen Lions basketball star Anders Broman serve up 3-point baskets, but have you seen him serve up baskets of fries? A limited menu of burgers, fries and beverages are available for $10 per person, with meals served by Lakeview Christian Academy athletes.
The school will receive 100 percent of proceeds.
Amsoil Arena will have its share of kind-hearted volunteers and grateful kids in the crowd for tonight’s college men’s hockey game between Minnesota Duluth and Alabama-Huntsville.
About 250 participants in the Mentor Duluth program will be in attendance as guests of honor for the UMD athletic department’s 14th annual Mentor Duluth Appreciation Night.
Mentors, mentees and kids enrolled in the program get free tickets. The recipient of the Making a Difference Award will be recognized during a ceremony at the second intermission. After the game, the Bulldogs and Champ the mascot will sign autographs.
The city of Duluth reports that with the recent snowfall its cross-country ski trails are in excellent condition.
The city trails include:
- Hartley, with a double-looped 5-kilometer trail groomed for traditional cross-country skiing at beginning and intermediate levels.
- Piedmont, with a 5K double-tracked loop that is appropriate for traditional skiers of all levels.
- Lester/Amity, with 18K of trails groomed for both traditional and skate-style skiing.
- Spirit Mountain, with 22 kilometers of double-tracked trails with skating lanes and 1K, 5K and 11K loops.
Hikers and dogs are not allowed on groomed trails. Skiers older than 15 require a Minnesota ski pass on all Grants-in-Aid trails.
Information on trail conditions can be found on the ski hot line at (218) 730-4321 or by searching for “duluthparksmn” on Facebook.